Teaching Your Bilingual Child To Read

One of the biggest issues comes when it is time for children to learn how to read. Many parents may wonder when to teach children how to read in which language, and whether to give up on one language while they focus on another. 

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Andrea
Increasing Buy-in: Raising Bilingual Children With A Monolingual Partner

Raising bilingual (or multilingual) children requires us to expose our children to many hours of a target language. We can do this through classes, games, apps, stories, but most importantly, through simply having conversations with them. However, do you ever feel like you’re being rude when you’re speaking a different language in front of people (especially friends or guests) who don’t understand it?

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Keli Garcia Allen
Jumping Into The Deep End With Your Bilingual Child

You’ve chosen to follow OPOL, MLAH or some combination of the two (for more about that, check out this blog post!), you’re consistent about using the language, you read books, sing songs, and even have games in the target language. But for some reason, you feel like everything just isn’t clicking together for your child? Do you at times wonder if there is anything else you can do?  

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Simple Hacks to Expose Your Bilingual Child To 1.8 Million Words a Year

Did you know that simply reading a book every day is the biggest indicator of a child’s academic success? Not socio-economic level, not the preschool or primary school they attend, not their parent’s level of education; but in fact, the simple act of having Mom or Dad read to them every single day. In fact, reading just 20 minutes a day exposes children to 1.8 million words a year! *

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Keli Garcia Allen
Raising Bilingual Kids: 5 Resolutions for a Great Year

I absolutely love the holiday season! For me, it all starts in October. The temperatures start to cool down (so it’s slightly less hot here in North Florida!) and the fall fun begins! It’s all fall festivals and corn mazes until Thanksgiving. Then, Christmas officially begins in my household! We start pulling out the decorations, decorate the trees, and begin planning the festivities with our friends and family. Life is just one big celebration until January 1st. Then, January 2nd hits and I find myself feeling a little bit empty! What do we have to look forward to next? 

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Keli Garcia Allen
7 Tips for Helping Your Resistant Child Speak The Target Language

When I first begun this journey of raising bilingual children, I thought I had it all figured out. I figured it would be extremely easy to have my children speak multiple languages! I just couldn’t understand why parents who spoke multiple languages had children who didn’t speak those same language. Must be laziness, right? Boy, I just didn’t know how hard this journey would be! 

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Turkey, Gator Tail and Arepas: A Real Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is one of our most important holidays. Families all over the country come together to celebrate, give thanks, eat and more than likely watch football. People of all kinds of races, religions and ethnic backgrounds participate. Even first generation immigrants get behind this most (North) American tradition. The history of thanksgiving can get a little murky and even a little ugly, but the truth about thanksgiving is much more than simply turkey and pumpkin pie.

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Great Activities for Children Learning Spanish

If you are on a journey to raise your children bilingually, then you know how much work it actually entails. And if you’re just beginning, I am by no means trying to dissuade you or trying to bring you down! The work and effort is totally worth it and fortunately, there are high-quality programs, books, games and ideas that will help you on this journey.

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Holidays: A Multicultural Celebration

The holidays are here! And it can be a wonderful and stressful time, especially when you are trying to bring together different families, languages and cultures. I grew up celebrating Christmas and Navidad. Sure, you may think that they are the same thing, and in general we are celebrating the same thing, but the way two different cultures celebrate the same holiday can vary and can be very different

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Not a Native Speaker? You Can Still Raise Your Child To Be Bilingual!

As a parent, Head of Content for Learn Safari and a teacher, I’m often on the lookout for methods and teaching and ideas that will really spark learning for kids.  I am often thinking about how to raise my two (almost 3!) sprouting little bilinguals how I can effectively share my native language and Venezuelan heritage. I know, however, that having been raised bilingually myself and knowing my two languages to native proficiency, I am at a HUGE advantage when it comes to teaching my kids. But, what about parents who may want to teach their children a language that they are not a native speaker of, or moreover, a language they may not even know that well at all? 

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Keli Garcia Allen